Hardliners And Scholars Weigh In On Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy Speech

The view that a “new” Donald Trump is developing by taking a more serious and presidential tone — especially during his recent speech on foreign policy — is beginning to take hold, but naturally, not without critics using days, weeks and months of videos, news reports and tweets of the “old” Donald Trump to compare it to.

PBS NewsHour discussed the new and more formal Donald Trump that voters and his critics have been waiting to see, when he made a speech on his foreign policy platform with former State Department official Nicholas Burns, and Trump foreign policy adviser Walid Phares.

While Nicholas Burns sees Donald Trump’s message as a foreign policy disaster, Phares suggests that this is a new vision to foreign relations that hasn’t been attempted before.

Phares even suggested that this was a new school of thought, which is further elaborated on in an article he published on Fox News about this supposed new stance, where he talks about what he sees as the responsibilities of other foreign nations for NATO and terrorism.

Burns notes that Donald Trump’s speech lacked in-depth knowledge and humility, because he cast a series of ultimatums and threats to America’s foreign allies.

Walid Phares Trump's Foreign Policy Adviser 2012 Walid Phares is a foreign relations adviser for the Donald Trump campaign. Here he is in 2012 at Rayburn House Office Building on Beja Cultural Day. [Image by TheIRD via Flickr | CC BY 2.0]But Burns also points out that while Donald Trump says that he wants to focus on diplomacy with other nations, that he was still critical of them, adding to what he says is Trump taking a soft stance on Russia.

“…frankly, as a citizen and voter, I think that it revealed that he doesn’t have the qualities to be a commander in chief and our top diplomat. If you think about the speech today, it betrayed, I think, a lack of in-depth knowledge, a lack of sophistication and nuance about the very complex world that we face, and a lack of humility about the restraint that America sometimes has to apply in the world. Those were the qualities, in my mind, that our best Republican presidents of the last 50 years had, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush. You saw very little of that balance and restraint today. Instead, what Mr. Trump did today was, he cast a series of ultimatums and threats mainly against our allies, against NATO and against Japan and South Korea. He was very soft on Russia. I thought it was a very unwise speech.”

An article by CNN reports that Russia’s response to his speech was very positive, as evidence to Burn’s point of view.

And article by the Associated Press, via MSN, says that Donald Trump was reading off of a teleprompter as something new, however as the Inquisitr wrote over the weekend, it was already reported that he had been reading off the devices during his speech at AIPAC, and for the GOP debates.

Donald Trump reading off of teleprompter A teleprompter shows lines for Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump in the Spin Room after a Republican presidential primary debate at The University of Houston, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, in Houston. This is a similar set up as what Donald Trump was said to use for both AIPAC and his foreign policy speech. [Image by David J. Phillip | AP Photo]Trump’s motto for “make America great again” has apparently been put on the back burner while he went with a new “America first” approach.

While Donald Trump’s critics have been in constant circulation, as noted, his supporters have also weighed in such as Bobby Knight with their endorsements.

The Inquisitr recently covered Bobby Knight’s support for Donald Trump, and in a brief speech, also added how he would be one of the “now” four greatest presidents.

Many other sources have suggested that his foreign policy speech was not only not providing solutions, but that he also contradicted himself with regard to economics on a global scale, such as in an op-ed written by Daniel Drezner, who is a professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University for the Washington Post.

As of this writing, analysts are predicting that Donald Trump will win seven out of the 10 remaining state’s delegates on the way to the Republican convention.

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